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May 16, 2016 AT 5:00 am

Swallow This Unfolding Origami Robot That Will Heal Your Stomach

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Some people fold a thousand paper cranes, some people create unfolding origami robots that will heal your stomach lining. via Phys.Org

In experiments involving a simulation of the human esophagus and stomach, researchers at MIT, the University of Sheffield, and the Tokyo Institute of Technology have demonstrated a tiny origami robot that can unfold itself from a swallowed capsule and, steered by external magnetic fields, crawl across the stomach wall to remove a swallowed button battery or patch a wound.

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